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British Monarch Can Now Marry a Catholic (2615)

But monarch still cannot be Catholic; he or she must be a member of the Church of England.

10/28/2011 Comments (4)

Buckingham Palace

– Wikipedia

The centuries-old law barring the British monarch from marrying a Catholic has been scrapped, but not the rule forbidding the monarch from being a Catholic.

“Let me be clear: The monarch must be in communion with the Church of England because he or she is the head of that Church,” said British Prime Minister David Cameron as he announced the change Oct. 28.

“But it is simply wrong they should be denied the chance to marry a Catholic if they wish to do so. After all, they are already quite free to marry someone of any other faith.”

The decision was made at a summit of the 16 countries that still retain the British monarch as head of state. The gathering took place in the western...READ MORE

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SDG Reviews 'Puss in Boots' (6240)

The Shrek spin-off offers an entertaining blend of spectacle, energy — and surprising heart.

10/28/2011 Comments (13)

The setting: a tavern in a small pueblo celebrating the Festival del Fuego y el Pollo (don’t ask). Our hero: a flamboyant rogue wanted for robbery, seeking information for a possible local score.

“The Church of St. Michael has just put up a golden statue of the Virgin of Guadalupe,” volunteers the tremulous tavern keeper.

Our hero shakes his head firmly: “I do not steal from churches.” 

“The orphanage has just received a donation of silver candlesticks,” a patron offers.

“I do not steal from orphans.”

If this is the Shrekverse, it’s suddenly become a more complicated place than four Shrek films led us to believe.

When the original Shrek ended with a climactic church wedding, it was...READ MORE

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Bishop Slattery on Prayer, the Mass and New Vocations (6801)

Since being appointed bishop of Tulsa, Okla., 18 years ago, he has seen a dramatic rise in the Hispanic population and a drop in the average age of priests.

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Diocese of Tulsa, Okla.

– Diocese of Tulsa, Okla.

Bishop Edward Slattery, 71, was born and raised in Chicago. He attended the archdiocese’s Mundelein Seminary and was ordained a priest in 1966. He served in Chicago parishes and was active with the Catholic Church Extension Society, which funds the American home missions.

In 1994, he was ordained a bishop by Pope John Paul II and installed as the third bishop of the Diocese of Tulsa, Okla. He is noted for his orthodoxy and piety and has publicly advocated a reform of the liturgy. As the Church prepares for the official promulgation of the new translation of the liturgy on the First Sunday in Advent, Nov. 27, he shared his thoughts on the liturgy, the priesthood and religious life, and...READ MORE

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Assisi, Down Syndrome, Abortion, Forced Starvation, Monks, Levites, and much more! (3321)

The Best in Catholic Blogging

10/28/2011 Comment

The Commandment of Assisi: "Purify your own Faith". Click on the link by Sandro Magister to read a magnificent speech by Pope Benedict XVI at the Assisi gathering.

The Commandment of Assisi: “Purify your own Faith” - Sandro Magister, Chiesa

Violence Religious and Secular - Dr. Jeff Mirus, Catholic Culture/On the Culture

Anna’s Song - Amy Lemoine, Dappled Things

Agree to Disagree? - Amanda Castro, VirtuousPla.net

English Translation of Prof. Becchetti’s PCJP Remarks - Fr. John Zuhlsdorf, WDTPRS?

Muslims Complain Crucifix Violates their Human Rights at C.U.A. - Thomas Peters, Catholic Vote/American Papist

Down Syndrome, Abortion, and Forced Starvation - Joe Heschmeyer, Shameless Popery

Who was Rev. Louis Bouyer? - Carl Olson, Ignatius Insight Scoop

On Monks and Changing the Stamp of Nature - Anthony S. Layne, Outside the Asylum

Are Levites...READ MORE

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Pope Says Faith Fosters Peace at Assisi Gathering (2119)

Benedict reiterates Church's commitment toward peace in the world and thanks those in attendance for coming by quoting St. Francis: 'May the Lord grant you peace.'

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ASSISI, Italy (CNA/EWTN News)—Pope Benedict XVI used his address at the World Day of Peace gathering in Assisi to reflect on how faith brings peace to the world and how its abuse can lead to violence.

“It is a case of being together on a journey towards truth, a case of taking a decisive stand for human dignity and a case of common engagement for peace against every form of destructive force,” the Pope said to world religious leaders in the Umbrian hill town.

The summit, entitled “Pilgrims of Truth, Pilgrims of Peace,” was convened to commemorate the 25th anniversary of the first World Day for Peace, first held by Pope John Paul II in 1986.

Pope Benedict charted how the nature of the...READ MORE

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So Many Gods-So Little Time, The Fortress, Can't Blame God When You Quit, and much more! (2401)

The Best in Catholic Blogging

10/27/2011 Comments (1)

So Many Gods, So Little Time. Click on the link by John Zmirak to learn more!

So Many Gods, So Little Time - John Zmirak, Crisis Magazine

The Fortress - Randy Hain, Integrated Catholic Life™

If You Quit, You Can’t Blame God - Patrice Fagnant-MacArthur, Catholic Lane

The Great ‘Yes’ of Marriage is Worth Fighting For - Mike Phelan, HLI America

Liturgical Movement Since its Beginnings in 19th Century - David Clayton, New Liturgical Movement

Augustine at the Movies - Matthew Cantirino, First Things/First Thoughts

Being Nun the Wiser - Elizabeth Hillgrove, VirtuousPla.net

Credit Suisse Speaks Out on Patristics - Nemesio Epiphron, Crisis Magazine

Fisking the Wasteful “Note” on Financial Reform - Donald R. McClarey, The American Catholic

Vatican Reveals Itself as...READ MORE

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Pope Prays for Turkey Earthquake Victims (1564)

Benedict XVI: 'I invite you to join me in prayer for those who have lost their lives and to be spiritually close to the many people who have been sorely tried. May the Almighty support all those engaged in rescue work.'

10/27/2011 Comment

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VATICAN CITY (CNA)—Pope Benedict XVI has asked for prayers and appealed for aid for the victims of Sunday’s earthquake in Turkey.

“At this time, our thoughts turn to the people of Turkey hard hit by the earthquake, which has caused heavy loss of life, many missing and extensive damage,” the Pope said at his Oct. 26 general audience in Vatican City’s Paul VI Hall.

“I invite you to join me in prayer for those who have lost their lives and to be spiritually close to the many people who have been sorely tried. May the Almighty support all those engaged in rescue work,” he prayed.

The 7.2-magnitude quake killed at least 461 people and injured 1,350 in the Van region, The Associated Press...READ MORE

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Bishop to Congress: 'Illegal Conditions' Placed on Religious Providers of Services (3737)

Bishop Lori, chairman of USCCB religious liberty committee, backs bills protecting First Amendment rights.

10/27/2011 Comments (2)
Michelle Bauman/CNA

Bishop William Lori gives testimony about religious liberty before the Judiciary Subcommittee on the Constitution.

– Michelle Bauman/CNA

WASHINGTON — In an escalation of the U.S. bishops’ campaign against “grave threats to religious liberty,” Bishop William Lori of Bridgeport, Conn., endorsed three bills designed to strengthen First Amendment rights.

The bishop, who heads the newly established Ad Hoc Committee on Religious Liberty for the U.S. Conference of Catholic Bishops testified before Congress yesterday, Oct. 26.

“I am here today to call to your attention grave threats to religious liberty that have emerged even since June — grim validations of the bishops’ recognition of the need for urgent and concerted action in this area,” said the bishop. “I focus on these because most of them arise under federal law and so may...READ MORE

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